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Baby Bao Bao set to take a bow at Smithsonian National Zoo Jan. 18th

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Although born and bred at the San Diego Zoo three years ago, giant panda Yun Zi is now on his way to live in the mountains of China, where scientists hope he will help populate the dwindling number of bears left in the wild. As with all pandas, Yun Zi is considered to be the property of China regardless of where they are born throughout the world.

In the mean time, 5-month old Bao Bao is set to make her bow at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC this coming Saturday (Jan. 18th).

Born to 15-year-old Mei Xiang on Aug. 23, 2013, Bao Bao has been the darling of the Zoo’s panda cam since her arrival.

Like most pandas born in captivity, she was conceived through artificial insemination after a natural mating between Mei Xiang and papa panda Tian Tian failed to produce any offspring. The pair had also parented a cub in September 2012, although it died after one week, which makes all the more joy with this little girl, whose name translates to "precious" or "treasure."

Readers interested in visiting Bao Boa and her mom in person can contact the Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC 20008 202 633-4800.
Note: The Atlanta Zoo also welcomed twin brothers last year, twin brothers Mei Lun and Mei Huan born on July 15, 2013.

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